Archive | July 2015

Books I Read in July 2015

Kissing Demons

by Jen Winters

A fast-paced, page-turning, paranormal romance from Jen Winters.
An enchanting tale written from the POV of the heroine, a smart, tough and tender Guardian.
I love the writing style, the depth and strength of the many characters, the fascinating and unique world, and the hot yet sweet romance.
I am looking forward to reading the next installment.

Guardian Geneva Archer might be more infamous than famous among the supernaturals in Ft. Worth, but when a sexy werewolf enters her territory, she finds herself face to face with her worst fear: save humanity or save her soulmate?

After 800 years of guarding humanity from the things that make your hair stand on end in the dead of night, Geneva Archer is given a two-week vacation to work out her feelings of loneliness and refresh her spirit. With time on her hands, she goes to her favorite club: a place for supernaturals to gather without worrying about human interference. While there, she meets Alex, a compelling werewolf with a demonic side. But instead of blasting him back to hell like her instincts would normally tell her to do, Geneva falls head over heels.

For Alex, Geneva is an answer to prayer. She can free him from the most notorious demon walking the earth—his father. Yuruch isn’t interested in his offspring’s life, just his body—the perfect body for a demon to inhabit. With Alex’s body and powers, Yuruch will become nearly invincible, able to wreak his hellish destruction on humanity from an impenetrable fortress.

In order to get his hands on Alex, Yuruch kidnaps one of Geneva’s sisters, luring both her and Alex into an ambush. After the botched rescue mission, Alex is possessed by Yuruch, leaving Geneva with a dead sister, a destroyed city, and no way to get her soulmate back without giving Yuruch everything he desires.

Can Geneva figure out a way to defeat Yuruch and save Alex without sacrificing the very best of humanity in the process? Does she even want to?

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Kissing the Rain

by Jen Winters

A brief but very entertaining short introduction to The Guardian Novels.
It’s a fast-paced, well written book, with amazing characters and great attention to detail.
Jen Winters has a wonderful imagination and for a short time I was allowed to escape into her world.
I read it in one sitting, it’s impossible to put down.
I enjoyed it immensely and have already started reading the next book in the series, Kissing Demons.
The events in this book run alongside the events at the beginning of Kissing Demons, but from a different point of view.

When Yuruch calls for his children to join him in Ft. Worth, it takes every ounce of willpower Alex has to stay away. He may have to go to Texas, but he would rather die than become his father’s puppet.

This novelette follows Alex in the days leading up to meeting Geneva. If you haven’t already read Kissing Demons, this is your chance to meet the MCs from Alex’s POV.

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Ice

by Jessica Wren

A gripping short story with great characters and a fabulous plot.
Well written with lots of back-story for the characters and each of the five parts told from a different characters perspective.

A fast paced, interesting and enjoyable mystery with a touch of paranormal.

In Minterville, Georgia, the residents live in relative seclusion, partly to keep crime out of their small, tranquil community, and partly to prevent the world from finding out about The Minter, a form of telepathy that interconnects them and gives them a sense of unity.

Then The Minter, which cannot function in the presence of evil, stops working. Mayor Tom Watson suspects that two families who had recently moved to town have ties to Manuela Escribano (known as the Ice Queen), a prolific drug lord who, unbeknownst to the rest of Minterville, has a deadly score to settle with Tom.

No one, including Tom, has any idea how deep the Manuela’s desire for revenge runs, until one Friday morning, twenty women disappear. When Manuela sends in a video detailing her diabolical plot to get revenge against Tom and the community that has harbored him for thirty years, Minterville must come together as one to rescue the women before time runs out. They must act quickly, or innocent people will die and their beloved community (and along with it, The Minter) will be destroyed forever.

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Eternal Service

by Regina Morris

An adult paranormal book that has suspense, action, and romance.

A wonderfully written book, with great character development.
The story flows well and has a unique take on the lives of vampires and their place in the world.
I was captivated by the book and think it’s a great start to the series.

Vampires exist among us. They can be our neighbor, best friend, our child’s teacher …

They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move and do it over and over again.

Most live quiet lives in an effort to blend in.

Some, however, want power and control.

The Colony is an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States from these rogue vampires.

When Raymond Metcalf, vampire coven master of the Colony, teams up with a federal operative of the human female persuasion–who has no idea that vampires even exist–will his mission or his heart be compromised first?

Career military woman, Alex Brennan, is being offered the promotion of a lifetime and with it a romance that she has desperately been seeking. Does she dare accept the position as Director of the Colony, an elite group of deadly creatures of the night and risk a dangerous romance with a man who isn’t even human?

Together, can they save the President?

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Gods of Anthem

by Logan Keys

Until nearly the end of the book, you go back and forth between two stories, told side by side from the point of view of two people, leading totally separate lives. You know they are going to link up, but you don’t know how.
There’s mystery, suspense, action and romance. Real characters with depth and emotions. Some amazing world-building and a unique plot.
There are some ‘slow’ moments, but that just gives you a chance to breath.
All in all it’s a well-paced page turner.
The ending leaves a lot of questions unanswered, which sets you up for the next book.
I can’t wait for the sequel!

Oceans apart, a young musician and a “special” soldier embark on a perilous journey for home fueled by the unyielding pursuit of freedom from the Authority.

Sixteen-year-old prodigy, Liza Randusky, waits imprisoned, blamed for the undead plague that’s slowly destroying the planet. Banished to an island where she’ll never play her beloved piano again, Liza’s steadfast sense of justice and passion for music may have the power to change her destiny. But will it be enough…

To strike back at the new world order, the troubled son of a preacher, Thomas Ripley-Hatter, suffers unspeakable alterations by the Underground to join a secret Army. Tommy knows that all hope lies in human-weapons like himself and that somehow he must cling to his sanity…while letting loose the monster to win.

The battle begins for the last-standing sliver of humanity: Anthem

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Regina: The Monster Inside

by D.M. Singh

Wow, what an amazing world I have been in while reading this book.
Witches, elves, vampires (not the twinkly type) and more, they’re all there, along with an adorable plant, called Gerald… I want a plant that snores, purrs and eats biscuit crumbs!!
D.M. Singh had me hooked from the start, wove a magical tale…..
then slammed a cliff-hanger at me and left me needing book 2 now!!
I hope I don’t have long to wait.

What if what you were could destroy everything and everyone you loved?

Regina thought she was an average teenager. When strange things start to happen, she discovers that not only does she belong to a hidden world of supernatural beings, but that she is the most powerful and dangerous of them all. Her existence is a death sentence to her – her survival could be a death sentence for us all.
Can Regina fight the darkness within her and hold onto her humanity? Will those who fear her destroy her and those she loves? Or will those who seek her power unleash the monster within.
Join the fight for survival!

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The Gatekeeper’s Sons

by Eva Pohler

A great introduction to the Gatekeeper series.
I loved the mix of modern day with the old mythological gods and goddesses. The author tied it all together very well.
She also brings all the characters to life, the main characters and the supporting ones, both humans and gods.
Great storytelling with a terrific pace.I enjoyed it immensely.

Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos (the god of sleep) and Thanatos (the god of death). She thinks she’s manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world.

Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese’s heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her.

The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.

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The Witches of Merribay

by BJ Smash

Witches, ghosts, fae, mermaids, hellhounds, fairies, elves, and pixies…
this series has them all and more.
It has a well written, fast paced, busy plot, with plenty of action and plot twists
The characters are interesting and the descriptions are creative.

Living in Maine with her grandmother and eccentric aunts is not how sixteen-year-old Ivy Seaforth expected to spend her summer. Working for a peculiar, wealthy man and running errands for a powerful witch who lives in a tree wasn’t in her plans, either. Her sister, Zinnia? Well, something was different. Zinnia was making mysterious visits to the forest, and that was certainly forbidden. Ivy longed for the days when she and her sister were best friends. Those days now seemed so long ago.
Ivy soon discovers that, along with the witch, the forest is inhabited by a wondrous race of otherworldly and stunningly beautiful beings – the Fae, and a young man of an even fairer race. When her father disappears, Ivy, must convince the old witch to break an evil curse that prevents her from finding him. As she discovers her own mysterious past for the first time, she must learn to accept that things are not always as they seem and that magic might just be real.
With this new knowledge and the help of her new friends, will she be able to find her father? Will she be able to save her sister? Or is Zinnia already beyond being saved?

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The Witch and the Hellhound

by BJ Smash

I can only repeat my review from the previous book in the series and add that I will definitely be reading more of this series.

The adventure of a lifetime for a young woman just discovering the mystical and magical elements of the world that surrounds us all. Ivy Seaforth must journey to lands unknown to find and retrieve a certain book of spells stolen by her foolish sister, Zinnia. Encountering setbacks at every turn, Ivy must leave behind her mentor, the powerful Izadora, and delve deep inside herself for the courage to carry on. With her newfound friends, the handsome Lucian, and Pladia—the spitfire pixie— she travels to the mist-shrouded island of Hy Brasil. There she meets a great wizard, Maximus, who may be something just a bit grander than she expects.
In a chaotic quest to save those she loves, Ivy meets the light elves, the Seelie Fae, and must contend with the evil deeds of the Unseelie.
She also learns a dark secret about the McCallister clan that can no longer be hidden. Will she be able to accept and live with this secret?
And what about Aunt Cora? Ivy can’t help but meddle with her fate and now Cora is acting… quite strange. What will become of her? Will Cora continue to search for her true love…or has she already found him?

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In the Beginning

by Elle Klass

A powerful and well written, but brief introductory novel to a series, that has left me wanting more.
The author does a great job of depicting events and settings and bringing her characters to life.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

In the Beginning is a short story within a long series. More short stories in this series will follow in the near future.
Follow Cleo on her epic saga which begins when she abandoned by her mom at twelve. She has no other family which she is aware of, and in order to survive she leaves her home and lives on the streets. She meets some interesting characters and gets into some amusing predicaments all in the name of survival, such as jumping trains, being chased through the woods by a crazy man with a loaded shotgun and witnessing an unspeakable crime. After a few months on the streets she runs into another group of kids, Einstein is the oldest and a leader in the group, and they form a family of sorts. For survival and money, they lean towards a life a crime which inevitably breaks up their family and sends Cleo and Einstein spiraling into their own adventure. Eventually, they settle into a “normal” life however their pasts can’t be hushed forever …

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Deceived

by L.A. Starkey

Deceived is the first book In The Soul Keeper series, and I’m pretty certain that it’s going to be fantastic series.
Deceived is a wonderful book that kept me interested until the end and left me wanting more. I will certainly be reading the next book in the series.
The mix of mythology and modern teenage life means there’s a lot going on, but it all flows well.
Wonderful storytelling of an incredible story, with many multi-faceted characters and multiple perspectives.

They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principal, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principal states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?

What if your choices had eternal ramification?

Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.

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Blue Moon

by Pat Spence

An entertaining and interesting read. Well written with an original and unique storyline. A great start to the trilogy.
It started off slowly but gained pace soon enough.
It captured my attention with vivid descriptions and awesome characters and kept me on my toes with the mystery and unpredictable twists.
I’m looking forward to reading book two

Forget vampires,” he laughed dismissively.

“Who wants to drink blood for eternity? What we have discovered is far more seductive and a great deal more dangerous…”

When 17-year old Emily Morgan meets beautiful but strange Theo de Lucis, there is an immediate attraction between them. But what is his secret? What ancient link ties him to Emily? And what is the significance of the Blue Moon Ball?

As Emily is drawn irrevocably into the glamorous and mysterious world of the de Lucis family, so she is forced to change every perception she has ever had about life, love, aging, and death. The truth is terrifying and the consequences unthinkable… in this supernatural horror story, based on society’s obsession with aging and the desire for eternal youth…

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The Rise of the Elohim: The Spirit of Iris

by Rocky Rochford

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was well written, very descriptive, and easy to read.
The story pulls you in and doesn’t let go even on the last page.
Rocky Rochford has a great imagination and is a wonderful storyteller.
He has created an entirely new and unique world with its own history and legends.

Set in a world much unlike our own, on a lonesome planet at the end of the universe, an epic battle between good and evil is about to come to pass. Living in a medieval era, the inhabitants of the world find themselves up against the dreaded Shanzi, vile creatures of pure darkness who seek one thing, the annihilation of that which is good. There is only one who can stop them, a young boy by the name of Zach who must Rise up against the forces of darkness and drive them back to the shadow existence from whence they came.

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The Rise of the Elohim: Hour of Darkness

by Rocky Rochford

The Rise of the Elohim: Hour of Darkness gives a brief look at events following The Spirit of Iris but from a different perspective

I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

With the Shanzi King’s return to Mares looming on the horizon, ready to unleash an eternity of chaos, three of his most trusted and dangerous generals take to the World of Oceania to begin preparations for the return of Darkari, the Dark King of Death. Shaymon, bringer of diseases. Stavros, the always hungry wolf. Mongra, the maker of war. Each one desires nothing more than the total eradication of all humanity. But to do that, each must find a place in the world they seek to destroy.

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A Neophyte’s Tale

by C.K. Dawn

A very quick read, and a great taster for the Netherwalker series.
It’s a well-written story that gives a glimpse at the world that the series will take you to.
I’m not sure what’s happening and I have a lot of questions… but I’m hooked.
I’m definitely going to be reading the next book of this series.

Abigail Thorne hears voices. Well, one voice repeating one word over and over again. Soft and sweet with the promise of power, it calls to her. The twelve year old has no idea that the tender little word is a catalyst that serves to reveal a world hidden to most humans. Abbey has yet to discover that following the word’s call to its origin will change the course of her life forever.

Abbey and her mother don’t have much, and depending on the day, sometimes they don’t even have a roof over their heads. She wants more out of life than just wondering where her next meal is. So she shouldn’t be wasting her time daydreaming about going on a selfish quest, should she? Does she have the strength to leave behind what little she has? Will she have the courage to break through the illusions surrounding her and lift the cloak of shadows?

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Once Upon A Western Way

by Markie Madden

A beautifully written fantasy, which flows along at a steady pace.
A wonderful blend of past and futuristic, with likeable characters and a great twist at the end.
If you’re looking for love, romance, passion, and courage… it’s all here.

In a world where computers rule over everyday life, two lonely children find an old diary, an ancient relic left behind in the ruins of a civilization gone by. Together they explore the life and love of a young princess who is destined to leave her mark upon the world. Young Susan finds herself moved far away from her childhood home, and betrothed to the prince of a neighboring kingdom. She vows to hate her new husband, but when a destructive force destroys her home and family, he is the only one she can turn to. Joseph fell madly in love with her the moment their eyes first met. But her prickly attitude told him that he would have to work hard to win her over. And when circumstances threw them together, he would give up his life to protect her.

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Throwing Away the Good 

by Veronica Del Rosa

A short, action packed and somewhat ‘steamy’ book.
Within this story, you get a teasing glimpse of the characters and the world that will, no doubt, be expanded upon in the following books.
A great little introduction to the Enforcers and Coterie series.

I lusted after him the first time I laid eyes on him. He was simply beautiful, more radiant and alive than the Fae holding me captive. And that’s saying a lot, as the Fae are breathtaking to behold.

There was something about him, though, a quiet dignity that shone through his lowly station. I’d heard the rumors of his existence, a sex slave to the master, sometimes sold to the highest bidder for the night. And yet, he walked with his head held high – metaphorically, that is.

He hid his face most of the time, staring at the ground. The reactions he received to his unearthly beauty showed me why. The Fae ogled him with lust, greed and a need to possess him.

Still, he showed kindness to the other slaves, me included. He’d take beatings meant for others, as he knew the master would never do anything to permanently scar him. He’d slip me extra scraps of food and convince the master to let me train in the weapons room. There, I felt in control, powerful, and it helped me realize an important truth.

I am not a slave.

My destiny did not belong to the master. I would hold my head up with dignity and wait for an opportunity to escape. Soon, that day would come. I only hoped I could take him with me.

This is Karl’s story.

 

 

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Nine Lives

by Karin De Havin

A fast read and nicely written.
Quirky characters in a fun and fantasy take on Heaven.
A bit of a roller coaster of a story with a few twists and turns.

Eighteen-year-old Taylor knows two things for sure: ONE: She’s dead. TWO: Heaven looks like a run-down version of the Las Vegas Strip. The more she discovers about a heaven full of teens like her, the more mysterious it becomes—especially when her afterlife coach turns out to be her tyrannical fifth grade teacher.

Plagued by questions her whole life, Taylor finds Heaven prompts even more. Why can’t she remember her death? Why isn’t Heaven the idyllic place she thought it would be? When she dares to ask, her teacher tells Taylor to keep her mouth shut. Everyone knows Heaven is perfect. That’s a lie. What are they trying to hide? Taylor desperately wants to flee this strange place and return to her old life. She’s shocked to find out there’s a possibility her dream can come true. But that chance depends on passing a series of tests in the Afterlife for Idiots Handbook and winning the Cloud Nine Contest. If she fails, will her teacher follow through on her threat and turn Taylor into pond scum?

Taylor tries to solve the mysteries of Heaven as it slowly crumbles around her. While competing in the contest, she learns there are dark forces at work behind the celestial show…and they are after her. This leads to the biggest question of all: Is she the only one who can stop them?

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Arctic Bound

by Tigris Eden

A fast paced and smooth flowing plot, full of excitement and twists and turns.
A descriptive and action packed page turner, with memorable characters.
Not for the under 18’s!!

There are secrets in even the smallest of towns…
Nerina Simpson fled the streets of New York City, hoping to find solace outside the small town of Talkeetna, Alaska. Physically scarred from a fire that claimed both her parents, Nerina keeps to herself while she tries to put the darkness of her life behind her.
When a winter storm forces her into town, she collides with Victor Canidae. An arrogant man who makes it no secret that he and everyone else in the town want her to leave.
Headstrong, and refusing to back down, Nerina finds herself in trouble when her two, four legged companions get lost in a storm, landing her in the path of an angry bear hell bent on taking her life. Until a mysterious white wolf comes to her rescue.
When she wakes up in a warm cave, the last person she expected to see is Victor. Stuck in a cave until the storm passes the two decide there is only one way to pass the time, and quickly when you’re getting physical.

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Don’t Turn Around

by Rocky Rochford

This dark, short story is written in the present tense and first-person POV.
The writing style, with the short sentences, works well to build up the fear factor.

I am Death.

And I am hungry.

And there you are,

Unaware of my arrival.

Don’t turn around.

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Take a Shot

by Paul S. Anderson

I stepped outside my usual reading genres for this book.
Written in the first person, it’s an interesting, thought provoking, emotional roller coaster ride.
An indepth look at life and some of the issues that we all face.
An amazing read!

“We are all misfits in our own unique way; therefore, each person is perfect in their own uniqueness”

Take A Shot the second novel from Paul S. Anderson is a story of self-discovery for an adult. The novel starts off with the narrator, Dave Stevens, in his favorite bar. Dave has been a heavy drinker for many years and has done all that he can to hide from the world. Being a regular he has grown close to two of the female bartenders that work at the bar, Tara and Kristi. He has been enthralled by Tara from the moment he got to meet her and has begun to question his drinking after a kiss they shared one late night. In getting to know Kristi, he wonders why she questions him on his drinking excesses. It is after an argument with Kristi over her concern for his well-being that Dave has his moment of clarity and finally decides that he needs to go back into his personal demons and discover the events that led him to choosing a life that was controlled by alcohol. It is on his journey through his soul that he understands the events of his life are not to blame for his choice and that facing your problems is a better solution than escaping them. It is through his self-discovery that he decides to take a shot at life.

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In Search of Grace

by Kelly Ilebode

An interesting and well told story. The writing and plot flows along at a good pace.
There’s plenty of suspense to keep you interested, as well as some romance, passion, and action. The characters were well developed and writing brought them to life.

Successful author Alexander Davis Alexandra Davis has a deep dark secret from her past that she has hidden from everyone, including those that love her the most. After meeting her new neighbor, she realizes that her secret has been holding her back from living a full life. Would she have the courage to open her heart to him before it is too late?

Seth Walton, a single ex-Navy Seal and now Massachusetts State Trooper knows his new neighbor has a past that she wants to keep buried yet he is bound and determined to help her not only face her demons but confront them head on. Soon, he realizes that he would need more than patience when he suspects that one of her demons from the past just might be the serial killer his department has been searching for. Will he be able to convince her in time to trust him before the killer strikes again or would he lose her forever?

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The Mermaid’s Den

by Ella Malone

A quick read, and a super introduction to an original new series.
The plot was good, moved along quickly, and kept me interested.
It was an enjoyable read, with believable characters in an imaginative setting.

Laura and Tom Flynn married after she fell for him hook, line, and sinker — literally. Finding Laura in his fishing net had been a shock for Tom, but one he came to embrace as they quickly fell in love. For fifteen years, they have lived and worked by the sea, and Laura hasn’t thought once of what she left behind when she chose to marry Tom. She doesn’t regret giving up her mermaid form. It wasn’t a sacrifice. It was a good decision, and one she made to survive.

Now, with Tom missing at sea, Laura faces a decision she swore she’d never consider. In order to search for Tom and his crew, she must become a mermaid again and face the demons of the deep that she eagerly dodged when trading in her tail. Or she can stay on land and continue her life, but without Tom.

Does she enjoy her future alone, without the man she loves, or face her fears and her past in the ocean? Either way, nothing will be the same for her again.

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Anything for Her

by Jack Jordan

A well written unpredictable suspense thriller.
The writing flows, the characters are dimensional and the plot is well thought out.
It kept me gripped from the first page to the last.
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you.

Louise Leighton’s life has fallen apart, all because of one fateful night. Her husband is an adulterer, her sister is his mistress, and soon, Louise will lose everything she owns. But she never imagined she would lose her daughter.

Eighteen-year-old Brooke Leighton is missing. It’s up to Louise and the Metropolitan Police to find her. Has Brooke run away? Or has she been taken against her will? And can Louise aid the investigation without mentioning the night where all of her troubles began?

If she mentions that night, she will incriminate her daughter for heinous crimes. But if she doesn’t, she may never find Brooke; and if she has been abducted, the person who took her may come for Louise, too.

Sometimes the past comes back to kill you.

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The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card

by R. Weir

A heartwarming short story, and a lovely way to introduce a new detective.
Not a lot of detective work or action in this book, the first of the series. but plenty of personality and character.
I will be reading book 2

Jarvis Mann was a Private Detective, whose business thrived on the mundane, paying the bills following cheating spouses, getting in the middle of messy divorces and working for the Fat Cat Insurance companies running down false insurance claims. But one day on his office steps a young man coaxing with the simple word “Please” convinces him to help on a Winter’s Sunday afternoon to find a missing valuable Ernie Banks Rookie Bubble Gum Card. With a dry sense of humor he drives the Denver streets from door to door, friend to friend, until a clue leads to a surprising discovery, a young man’s personal pain and his friends selfish act, teach Jarvis a life lesson that will shape him with new hope and resolve.

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A Guardian Angel

by Phoenix Williams

I found the style of writing a bit hard to read, it just didn’t flow well.
Having said that, it was an intriguing story, with interesting ideas, and a satisfying ending.

A Guardian Angel is the story of Andy Winter, a hitman who is hired by a seedy corporation to tie up loose ends around the globe. He is haunted by the things he’s had to do in his job and the murder of his childhood friend. The time that Andy lives in is marked by a conflict between the poor masses and the powerful elite. When Andy is recruited to kill journalist Haley Flynn, a noble woman, his moral conflict triggers the foundation of a corporate nation and the beginning of a modern American civil war. The novel is told through four short stories that, together, tell the story of mankind’s downfall.

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Jin In Time

by Karin De Havin

An enjoyable, light-hearted, quick read, with some quirky characters that lead to romance, adventures, and a few chuckles
A lot of books end with cliffhanger now, and I’ve got used to that, but this is one of those that just ends.

Spending senior year with the father who abandoned her is the last thing seventeen-year-old Esme wanted. But when her guardian grandmother dies, she has no choice. The only thing she has left of her once happy life is her grandmother’s antique vase—until she discovers it comes with a bowler-hatted genie. Jin guarantees he’ll do whatever it takes to make her happy again.

Esme soon realizes hiding a genie isn’t easy, so she gives Jin a modern makeover and stashes him in the school library. One tiny hiccup—her dad’s the principal. When word spreads that Esme is spending all her free time with a cute British guy, she’s busted, and her dad uses his all-powerful parental authority to ground her. If that’s not enough, she learns her father plans to marry a woman who could win evil-stepmother-of-the-year, and her daughter is the top mean girl at Esme’s new high school.

Esme hopes to turn her luck around now that she has a genie to help her deal with her problems. But she realizes ten wishes aren’t so awesome after all, when she finds out they are powered by Victorian-era magic. And she thought having a genie would be fun.

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Desert Chimera 

by Leigh Podgorski

A vividly descriptive that mostly moves along at a fast pace, but with a lot of detailed flashbacks, which slows the pace down at times. The writing doesn’t flow, but in a way that adds to the reading experience.
The story is full of tension and suspense, and is an entertaining read.
I received a free copy of the book through Choosy Bookworm in exchange for an honest review

Desert Chimera, the first book in the Metaphysical Suspense/ Mystery Stone Quest Series, introduces the reader to recluse, tracker, and reluctant twenty-eight year old psychic visionary Luke Stone and to his paranormal universe. Since his escape from the black magician Armand Jacobi seven years before, Luke Stone has been sequestered in the serene woods of Northern Michigan under the tutelage of Cherokee guide Shadow Wolf. When the shaman suddenly dies, Luke flees on a desperate cross-country quest. In the heart of Death Valley, Luke is assaulted by terrifying visions of the apocalypse. While praying in agony for release, a shimmering specter arises from the sands to stand beside him, but this is not the one Luke has so desperately sought.

Torrential rains flood; rivers of mud flow. Luke is forsaken. But deep within the cacophony of the storm, Luke hears a voice calling. Following the call, Luke stumbles out of the wilderness and into Eppie Falco’s Desert Inn and Café. Gathered here also seeking shelter from the storm are an array of fellow travelers. However, upon a clap of thunder and a burst of lightning, the café door swings open and Armand Jacobi, the charismatic black magician Luke had seen as the vision in the desert and the man from whom he had run in stark terror now stands before him in the flesh.

Among the travelers whom Armand eventually takes hostage in his struggle for dominion over Luke is Consuelo Arroyo, a woman with whom Luke is falling in love—something Luke never thought possible. As Luke’s battle with Armand heightens, as the lives of his fellow travelers lie more and more in the balance, Luke is confronted with the full horrors of his past. The battle that rages will culminate in either Luke’s final destruction or his ultimate redemption.

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Vampire: Alpha Claim 1

by Tamara Rose Blodgett

A quick and enjoyable fast paced novella, just enough to whet your appetite for the rest of the series.

Narah Adrienne is a bounty enforcer in the near future. She runs the seedy side of her game, capturing criminals too dangerous for the local law enforcement. Using unorthodox methods, she finds herself in the crosshairs of the Magistrate for too many allowable kills for the quarter.

And her head hurts like hell.

Aeslin is part of an elite vampire squad of Turners. A rare sect of vampire scouts who possess the ability to find women with enough undead blood to be turned into full vampire. As the numbers of supernaturals dwindle, it is the hope of the Nobles that extinction can be a thing of the past with female hybrids.

In a race against time and common enemies, can Aeslin find the one female who is meant to be turned and also his parallel soul? Or will the fabled carrot the Nobles dangle turn out to be a lie perpetuated by desperation?

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Nobody’s Home

by Corey Schultz Carter

A very short spooky story that could have been so much more. The first 70% was good, but the ending felt rushed and had a different tone

When a young college student signs up for a weekend of volunteer research in the Smoky Mountain region of North Carolina, she soon discovers that the cabin she has been sent to is uninhabitable. When a stranger shows up, claiming to be a fellow student volunteer, Catherine hesitates to trust him. Could he be the one who lured her miles away from civilization? Together they must decide how to survive one night in the dark confines of the abandoned cabin.

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Enslaved in Shadows

by Tigris Eden

I like paranormal books and paranormal romance, but there wasn’t much romance in this book… however there was a lot of very steamy sex.
I couldn’t get a real feel for the main characters and prefered some of the supporting characters, with their interesting skills and powers.
All in all it was an interesting story that passed a few hours, but it didn’t really grab or keep my attention.

A man’s Past leads to his Future……

Agent Stone of the Shadow Unit’s job is simple, most days. Work in the Shadows, police his own Kind.

When an unwanted assignment turns out to be his darkest fantasy from the past, Draven can’t help but be conflicted by the memories of the past and his responsibilities in the future. But his decision has been made.

The Heart of a woman is Tested……..

Jes can’t let the tall dark agent back into her life.
How can she trust any man after what she’s endured? Years of abuse have broken her down and she doesn’t have room for more. The man she turns to for help hasn’t abused her physically, but he’s tormented her emotionally. A past betrayal left her scarred, but also brought her life.

Can she accept him into her heart and trust him again?

One will survive and adapt, the other will realize hearts can be mended even if it’s a bit too late.

The road to forgiveness sometimes only brings more pain. Unexpected events set their lives on two separate tracks leading to one outcome. Lives will be changed and an emotional battle to save their souls will leave them both trapped and enslaved in their need for one another.

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Me, My Family and Mental Health

I’ve been debating whether to do this post for a while but, having seen and read the Time to Change website, I’ve decided to share my story to  help others understand. Since making that decision to do it, it has taken me three days to write it…. because of my gibberish problem (see below*) and even longer to have the nerve to post it!!

Mental health has been an issue for at least 3 generations of females in my family, but it has affected us all in different ways.

I was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety in my early twenties and have been prescribed a variety of different anti-depressants over the years. Even with the anti-depressants, I have no self-confidence or self-esteem. The thought of meeting new people scares me, as does being in a group of people, even having to talk to someone I know makes me nervous. I don’t like going out in case someone talks to me because I don’t know what to say to them. *When I do talk to people I feel as though I’m talking gibberish, even doing this  post I feel like I’m typing  gobbledygook!
I have times when I have no interest in things, when I get irritable, when I have no energy or when I am tearful for no reason. On a good note though, I am not suicidal, although I have been in the past.

Depression.

We often use the expression ‘I feel depressed’ when we’re feeling sad or miserable about life. Usually, these feelings pass in due course. But, if the feelings are interfering with your life and don’t go away after a couple of weeks, or if they come back, over and over again, for a few days at a time, it could be a sign that you’re depressed in the medical sense of the term.

In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits. It doesn’t stop you leading your normal life, but makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. At its most severe, major depression (clinical depression) can be life-threatening, because it can make you feel suicidal or simply give up the will to live.

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If you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll have seen me mention Zoe. Zoe is my youngest daughter and I think that we’re very close. She has two children, an 8-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. She now lives with her daughters dad but hasn’t always done so.

Zoe was  diagnosed  with BPD (borderline personality disorder) when she was 21.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

BPD is one of many personality disorders listed in the diagnostic manuals used by clinicians when they are giving someone a psychiatric diagnosis.

Below are the symptoms of borderline personality disorder according to recent government guidelines. A doctor will diagnose borderline personality disorder in persons who have five or more of these symptoms and if the symptoms have a significant impact on them.

  • Having emotions that are up and down (for example, feeling confident one day and feeling despair another), with feelings of emptiness and often anger
  • Black and white thinking. idealisation to devaluation
  • Difficulty in making and maintaining relationships
  • Having an unstable sense of identity, such as thinking differently about yourself depending on who you are with
  • Taking risks or doing things without thinking about the consequences
  • Harming yourself or thinking about harming yourself (for example, cutting yourself or overdosing)
  • Fearing being abandoned or rejected or being alone
  • Sometimes believing in things that are not real or true (called delusions) or seeing or hearing things that are not really there (called hallucinations).

People with borderline personality disorder have high rates of other mental health related problems, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance misuse (drugs or alcohol).
The question of ‘personality disorders’ is controversial, as what some experts term as ‘personality’ others regard as ‘the self’; so any suggestion that a person’s self is disordered, damaged or flawed can be distressing.

BPD is thought to affect less than one percent of the general population. It’s been estimated that three-quarters of those given this diagnosis are women. It’s a condition that is usually diagnosed in adults only.

Research shows that people with BPD are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and make suicide attempts compared to people with other psychiatric diagnoses.

While mental health experts now generally agree that the name “borderline personality disorder” is misleading, a more accurate term does not exist yet.

The causes of BPD are unclear. Most researchers think that BPD develops through a combination of factors, including temperament, childhood and adolescent experiences. Difficult life events such as the early loss of a parent, childhood neglect, sexual or physical abuse are common in people diagnosed with BPD though this is not always the case. Stressful experiences, such as the break-up of a relationship or the loss of a job, can lead to already present symptoms of BPD getting worse.

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Seeing Zoe live with a lot of the symptoms above has been heartbreaking for me, especially when you look at the causes of BPD.

Due to my own mental health issues and the inability to cope, I put my children into care.  It wasn’t a decision I made easily, but I honestly thought that they would be better off with people who could care for them better than I was able to. I didn’t know how wrong could I be.
While the eldest two went to live permanently with my parents, my two younger children, after a brief stay with my parents, were pushed from pillar to post in the ‘care’ system.
I’d like to think that there are great foster parents somewhere out there, that there are people who take children in because they want to help them and look after them and don’t just see them as a cash cow. But if there are, then I don’t know where they were when my children needed a home.
My children were neglected and abused, and I was mostly kept in the dark. When I did find things out and tried my best to help them, I was patronised or ignored… everyone knew better than me…. and the things I did find out at the time were nothing compared to what I know now.
I have regrets, I wish things could have been different for all of us, and I feel a great deal of guilt, but I made a decision which I thought was right at that time.

I have seen Zoe suffer, I have seen the results of her self-harming, and I have sat at the side of her hospital bed desperately hoping that she will be ok.  I’ve had to watch her dive heart-first into abusive or destructive relationships rather than be alone, unable to prevent the inevitable outcome, only able to try to pick up the pieces afterward. I’ve watched her move house impulsively, packed and gone (or just gone), within days, on more occasions than I care to think about. I’ve seen her need help, but either not ask for it or not get it until it’s too late.
Through all of it I have tried to be there for her, whenever she needed or wanted me to be, but I don’t know if it was enough.

I have also witnessed her fight for a good life for herself and her children, and I’ve seen her give up, only to come back stronger and fight again.
I’m watching her now, build a life for family and I hope, with all my heart, that she will succeed.  I also hope she knows, that I will do anything within my power to help them.

If you would like to read or understand how having BPD affects Zoe, check out her blog Living On The Borderline

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My eldest daughter, Claire, is married, has two boys aged 7 and 11, with a third due in September.
I can’t say too much about Claire as we don’t talk often. She generally only rings when she has a problem, is upset or has some great new. Nine times out of ten when I ring her she is too busy to talk for long.
I don’t know whether she has actually been diagnosed with a mental health illness, but I do know that she recently spent a week in rehab for alcohol abuse. However at different times she has told me she is bipolar and/or schizophrenic. She isn’t, as far as I know, being treated for either condition.
She does have problems staying in relationships as the grass always seems greener elsewhere. She is also a fantasist and an attention seeker.
I have to admit I don’t understand her very well and I feel bad about that, although having done some research I think I am more understanding than I was. I do wish she could just be honest and open, and maybe that would help her get some help with her problem. I also hope that she will be able to settle in her on and off, and on again, relationship with her husband.

Attention seeking.

Some behavioral problems seem to plague compulsive overeaters and substance abusers more than other groups. Excess attention seeking appears to be one of them. All humans require attention. Without getting and giving attention, you could not have a social species. Getting attention is necessary for life’s vital enterprises and can be the difference between life and death in a crisis. Therefore, not getting adequate attention can threaten the quality and sustainability of life. Thus, getting functional social attention is understandable. However, extreme attention seekers go to unhealthy lengths that are driven by emotional desperation.

Excessive attention seeking is not a character flaw. It is a brain wiring response to early developmental trauma caused by neglect though not all neglect is evidence of a lack of love. People only have so much they can give; sometimes that is not enough. The developing brain observes its environment and wires itself accordingly to survive in that world that it presumes will be like those experiences.

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My Mum is another person I really do not understand.

She has had depression. She spent some time on a psychiatric ward when I was 17. You would expect her to have some understanding or empathy for myself and my daughters, but you’d be wrong.
She is definitely a member of the old ‘snap out of it, pull your socks up and get over it‘ brigade.

She seems to think that I no longer have a problem, that my not ‘not liking’ to meet new people is because I am shy. She doesn’t realise that when we are out together and she talks to anyone and everyone, that all I want to do is run away and hide, or even curl up and die, that I couldn’t be happier if the ground opened and swallowed me up.

When she talks to me about my daughters, she says things like… “We know what it’s like” and “We know how it feels”, but she doesn’t know what it’s like for me, for Zoe or for Claire.

I don’t know how it feels to be Zoe!

I don’t know how it feels to be Claire!

I know how it feels to be me and it’s not good, and I’m not over it, and I’m guessing that after 30 years of not being able to snap out of it, I probably never will!

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So, there it is, a brief look into my family’s fight with Mental Health. Writing this post has been a struggle for me, but if it helps even one person overcome the stigma of mental health, or helps a single person change their attitude towards people with mental health problems, then it has been worth it.

Cupcake Boxes

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Late Friday afternoon, I had an urgent request for 15 cupcake boxes, from my dear, and ever so delightful daughter.
She needed them by Saturday morning for her partners party later!
As she was happy for them to be plain and simple, I said I would try to get them done.

I needed something quick and easy, so I adapted a template from a free e-book to a cutting file for my scan’n’cut. I cut all 15 boxes on the scan’n’cut in the time it would have taken me to cut one or two by hand.

I then had them all to score by hand, though, just me, a hougie board and a bone folder, which took a while!

 

Early Saturday morning I used double-sided tape to stick the boxes together, then I threaded some ribbon through the tops.

All done, with time to spare for me to get ready and go.

It was a great party. Smileys

Birthday Cards (2)

I made two more cards  today… a flowery card and a quick, masculine one.

Parasol with Flowers

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I ran a strip of pale blue pearl card through my eBosser with the Chantilly Rose Tattered Lace Die. I had to run it through twice to get the length I wanted.
I repeated this with a strip of matt card, in a similar shade of blue.
From the same matt card, I cut 3 small rectangles, which I also cut with the same die. I cut them into triangles, leaving ‘tabs’ on two of them. I scored each one down the centre, along the tab and along the outermost scorelines, for a mountain fold ( /\ ) and half-way between the edge and the centre for a valley fold ( \/ ). Then I glued the tabs to the back of the centre triangle.

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I scored and folded a piece of white card for the base of the birthday card
I cut a sheet of double-sided patterned paper from a First Edition Neroli paper pad in half, and then cut one piece in half again.

I stuck the quarter piece of patterned paper, with the darker side facing up, onto the card base with double-sided tape. Overlapping each previous piece, I stuck down the strip of die-cut matt card, followed by the die-cut pearl card, and finally the half piece of patterned paper, with the lighter side showing.

Folding the edges of the parasol back, from the outermost scorelines,  I attached it to the card with  double-sided tape.
I threaded 3 pearl beads onto a cocktail stick for the handle and stuck it to the card, along with some flowers from my stash.

Happy Birthday

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I used my scan’n’cut to cut the HAPPY BIRTH’D’AY from a piece of stripey green card, printed out a picture from Pollyanna Pickering’s Britsh Wildlife DVD-ROM and glued it behind the ‘D’. Then stuck this onto a folded piece of green card, and added 3 self-adhesive pearls to the top corner.

Popcorn Boxes

For the past couple of days, I’ve been making personalised popcorn boxes. My daughter asked me to make these for her partners birthday party.
I’ve made 25 large boxes and another 25 smaller ones.

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They are really easy to make… the hardest part was getting the design right before printing.
Once they were printed I cut them out. I used my guillotine for the straight edges, along the top and sides, and scissors for the rest. I used my Hougie Board to score the folds, stuck it together with double-sided tape and tucked the bottom flaps in so they looked like this…

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Template for small box, (approx 9.5cm high x 6.5cm across the top). Place double-sided tape, or glue, in the shaded areas.

The larger boxes had to be printed and cut in two pieces, as they were too big for a piece of A4 card/paper.

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Template for large box, (approx 16cm high x 11cm across the top). Place double-sided tape, or glue, in the shaded areas.

Law of the Lycans

by

lycan

This series contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

At the time of posting  some books of the Law of the Lycans series are FREE on some sites!

Book One – Bonded

Reno’s a tough Enforcer for Lycan Link who finds himself drawn to Brandi but duty rules his life. Brandi, just on the edge of starting her career as a Disaster Control officer, falls for Reno at first sight, but are they really meant to be? Is it love or lust and does it really even matter? Enforcers and DCs don’t get along…unless fate forces them to.

Book Two – Betrayed: Days of the Rogue

His mate killed in a horrific explosion, ex-Enforcer Damien Masterson now lives as a rogue werewolf. Grief stricken and filled with rage, what depths will he sink to in his search for revenge? And who will be caught in the crossfire? Will it be Eve, a Fae just entering the Awakening stage? Or Rafe McRae, part empath and part wolf?
It’s been said that a rogue Enforcer is too dangerous to be allowed to roam.

Book Three – The Mating

Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she’d end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn.

Book  Four – The Keeping

Ryne Taylor was a sexy bad-ass Alpha set on establishing a new pack. Melody Greene was a journalism student researching his work as a photographer or so she said. But could Mel really be trusted or had she stumbled upon his secret? And if she knew, could Ryne save himself and the pack he d left behind without enacting a deadly ancient law known as The Keeping?

Book Five – The Finding

She discovered a dark secret, witnessed a murder and fled into the night fearing for her life. Three years later, Cassie is still hiding from her past, haunted by a dream lover and fighting to control a terrifying beast that seems to grow stronger each day. When Bryan, pack Beta, appears to claim her, Cassie is forced to face the truth of her existence. Innocence, betrayal, greed and love collide with ancient werewolf laws in… The Finding.

Book Six – Betrayed: Book Two – The Road to Redemption

How do you love again when your heart is dead? How do you know when it’s time to let go?
Damien’s kicked about the country these past three years. No pack. No purpose. No reason to keep on living. When an old friend, Kane Sinclair, asks for his help, he agrees and heads to Chicago. After all, what does he have to lose?
Sam’s grown up on the streets. Raised to be an Alpha, she’s strong and independent. Her duty to her pack rules her every move. As much as it irks her, she finds herself looking for help when Sinclair threatens to take over her territory. With the pack’s future at stake, does she dare gamble on a rogue?
Can a rogue let go of his past and dare to face the future? Are strength and duty enough to pave the road to redemption?

Book Seven – For the Good of All

Elijah Stone – a man committed to justice; his heart is as hard as his body. Held prisoner for years, he returns home to tie up loose ends only to find a psychedelic witch capturing his attention. When a rescue mission to Central America spins out of control, he’s forced to make a difficult decision. Every action has its own consequences. Can he live with the results, even if it is ‘For the good of all’?

My Thoughts


I enjoyed this series (so far), it’s well written and draws you deep into the world of the Lycan.

The first book is useful in establishing the Lycan culture… laws, traditions, politics, etc., with some great insight into the background.

The world building throughout the series is wonderfully descriptive.
The characters are well developed with strong personalities, and continue to grow through the books.

I have read books 1-5, so far, and will be reading the rest of the series.

Overall the series is fascinating, imaginative, dark and thrilling.
A must read for fans of the paranormal, though not really for teens.

The Heku Series

by

T.M. Nielsen

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At the time of posting  Books 1 and 2 of the Heku series are FREE on some sites!

Book One – Heku
Chevalier has never been told no. For thousands of years he’s sat on the Equites Council, ruling body of his heku faction, and for thousands of years his every order has been followed immediately and without question.
One of the most important rules of the heku, is that no one is to feed from unwilling donors. Following a tip that a young mortal woman is being brutally attacked by his own kind, he seeks her out and immediately begins to experience unnatural feelings for the woman.
Emily, a beautiful rancher from Montana, has spent her entire life being violently attacked by beings she assumed were vampires. It isn’t until she meets Chevalier that she learns of her startling family history, a history that immediately throws her into the volatile world of the heku.
In a bid to protect her, Chevalier moves Emily into his isolated coven, which marks her as a prime target for the Valle and the Encala, enemy factions of the heku. Emily fights to fit into the militaristic world of the heku as her head-strong personality and independent ways turn their perfectly balanced world on end. She immediately befriends Kyle, a heku from Chevalier’s coven, and together they find Emily a niche among the immortal.
Emily’s violent past interferes with Chevalier’s plans, and he must first undo what her abusive ex-husband did before he can convince her how much he cares about her, and how much she’s worth to his faction. Chevalier’s growing feelings for Emily are unnatural to his kind, and must be hidden from the rest of the Equites Faction if he’s to remain a formidable part of their Council.
His jealous tendencies rage as Emily gets closer to Kyle, and both heku struggle to make her realize how important she is to the faction and how endangered she now is.

Book Two – Valle
The ominous Valle Faction vows to gain possession of what the Equites has hidden in the well protected Island Coven. Just as Emily thinks she’s found peace in the volatile world of the heku, she’s brutally ripped from the protective walls of Chevalier’s coven and thrown into the harsh reality of a Valle prison. Chevalier confronts the Valle and Equites Elders about Emily, and in doing so, endangers his own life. Emily’s devout loyalties to the heku faction gain respect for her among the Equites Council and ensure her place among the immortal.
The Valle overstep, and the violent war that ensues endangers Chevalier’s peaceful coven and exposes traitors among the Equites. While Chevalier fights to protect Emily and his coven, the Equites Faction faces an even bigger crisis when they decide a change of leadership is long past due. The task falls to the Chief Enforcer, and Chevalier is sent on a mission that could end the Council’s turmoil. The operation could not only threaten his life, but also his relationship with Emily.
Emily begins learning even more about the heku and its evil past when she comes face-to-face with one of the original heku, an Ancient. She feels the strain as she’s taken from the comfortable coven, and even with Kyle at her side, can’t find her way in the new life. Emily starts to wonder if she’s not only a danger to the heku, but if she would be safer returning to the world of the mortal and leaving her beloved heku behind. When Emily gives birth, the Valle renew their drive to capture the last Winchester heir, and even the Equites Elders begin to feel the need to defend her.

Book Three – Encala
Encala finds Emily and Chevalier settled into the palace and life as one of the ruling heads of the Equites begins. The Equites elect Damon onto the Equites Council and he immediately finds himself at odds with Emily. Her independence and head-strong personality harshly conflict with his strict nature as one of the ‘old ones’.
As the Council City Cavalry struggles to keep tabs on Emily, the Encala begin their mission to gain her confidence and then jump to drastic measures to pull her into the Encala Faction.
The V.E.S. emerges, and come to believe that Emily and Allen are being controlled by the vampires. They quickly intertwine themselves closely with the city outside of Council City, the home of the Equites.
Emily and Allen head to New Mexico to attend the wedding of Emily’s cousin, and find themselves in the company of a strange heku. This heku befriends Emily, and comes to her defense when Chevalier finds out, and the Equites Council threatens to turn against her.
Emily’s abilities strengthen, and her immense value as a weapon becomes evident to all three factions and the relationships become more tense and volatile.

Book  Four – Equites
Equites starts off with the beginnings of a war. Damon and Emily are still fighting while the Equites defends itself against attacks from both the Valle and the Encala. An accident sends Emily to the hospital, and the tension with the Valle becomes more explosive.
Emily suspects the heku have a secret, and will go to any measure to find out what it is. She comes face-to-face with the darker side of the heku and quickly comes to terms with it. An agricultural coven takes her in and her views of the sinister heku begin to change.
Emily’s past with Keith comes back to haunt her, and a vile attack shows the Equites how far the Valle and Encala are willing to go to gain possession of the Winchester Heirs.
Sam’s loyalty comes into question as Emily finds a small niche out in the world with the mortals. Attacks on her become more dangerous, and she finds that the heku may not be as indestructible as she once thought.
An ultimatum is placed that could upend the entire species.

Book Five – Proditor
After thousands of years of war, the peace agreement arranged by Emily forces the factions to work together to destroy a new threat. Tensions between Exavior and the Equites grow and Emily becomes a prime target. Chevalier struggles to come to terms with the friendships Emily has with the enemy factions, and when the Chief Enforcers go missing, he sets out to bring them back and tries to find a way to keep Emily out of the skirmish.
An important Equites trial puts Emily on the Council stand and shows her more of the volatile tendencies of the heku species. Exavior oversteps, throwing the Valle into action to protect the last Winchester, while a coup threatens to destroy their faction and pushes Emily’s ultimatum.
The Ferus emerge as a formidable enemy, and plans are made to extinguish the rogue band of heku. The V.E.S. begin experiments, threatning to expose the heku species, and only Emily can stop them.
A misunderstanding sends Emily out on her own and it will take all three factions to get her back. Will her time away cause a permanent rift between her and the Equites?

Book Six – Ferus
Ferus continues to follow the Ferus Organization, a heku alignment that is struggling to become the 4th heku faction.
With the newly renewed tension between the factions growing even more violent, Emily struggles with the loss of past friendships. Chevalier and the Equites find themselves, once again, fighting to keep Emily with them, and their power brings the Valle and Encala to their knees, again wishing to renew the once strong alliance.
Emily finds friendship and purpose out on the island and only another attack brings her back to the palace, but not for long. Again the V.E.S. interferes, and when the island is no longer safe, she is forced to return to the palace.
Exavior crosses the line and breaks ancient rules set to keep the mortals safe from the ancients. Emily and Dustin begin a war of their own and the Equites become irritated with their constant fighting. When Dustin takes the arguing to new levels, the Equites Elders begin to lose their faith in the former Powan.
Another war in Council City pits the Equites against the other factions, and Emily’s method of revenge even shocks the Equites.

Book Seven – Eternity of Vengeance
Emily continues her quest to seek revenge for the death of her Cavalry, much to the dismay of the Equites and Encala Faction. The Equites are in a race against time to locate the fallen Encala Elder in hopes of preventing a war, but Emily is dead set on keeping him until he’s suffered for the deaths.
The Encala overstep in their mission to regain Frederick, forcing Chevalier’s darker side forward. As Alexis grows, she struggles to fit into the world of the heku, and strives to find a place in a world she only partially belongs to.
Emily befriends a strange mortal man, a self-proclaimed Vampire Hunter, and he causes tension in the house as heku and hunter have a power-struggle over protecting Emily. A trip to the Valle turns disastrous when Emily and Kralen are caught in a battle caused by the Encala, and Kralen finds himself unable to protect her, and returns to his coven. Emily goes to extreme measures to return her friend and guard, and gives him an offer he can’t refuse.
Another ancient being emerges and again separates Emily from her beloved heku. The Cavalry sets out to find her and Chevalier decides to handle the Encala himself. Mysterious things begin happening to Emily, and Chevalier swears to find the source.

Book Eight – Ancients and Old Ones
Emily begins to recover from her long captivity with Salazar, but a drastic setback threatens not only her, but the lives of the Equites Council. Chevalier struggles with Emily’s renewed friendship with the Encala, when they offer her a companion in a time of need.
Learn more about the relationships between the Old Ones and the original heku, the Ancients. Chevalier’s fierce hatred for the Ancients comes to play and pits the Old Ones against them once again. The Old Ones learn more about Emily and threats emerge as Emily discovers hidden Ancient abilities within herself.
Salazar’s hold tightens once again and they begin to wonder if Emily will ever be completely out of his grasp. Alexis begins to crave motherhood and Dain steps up as a formidable presence in Emily’s protection.
The Valle make a startling revelation, one that could bring Chevalier and Emily the peace they seek.

Book Nine – Banishment
The final book in the Heku Series brings some peace within the factions and within the palace. Chevalier and Emily have reconciled and come to a silent agreement that will benefit not only their own family, but the Equites. Things are looking calmer until someone begins attacking women in the nearby mortal city.

My Thoughts


These books were absolutely amazing!!! The whole series is amazing!!!
This series is one of my all time favourites.
I was sad the series came to an end!
Looking at other reviews it seems as though you either love it or hate it… I love it!

I found the first two books in the series for free on Amazon, and once I started reading I couldn’t stop… I had to know what happened next.
I read all 9 books in 2 weeks (buying the other 7).

The characters are well developed and the plot is gripping. I’ve lived alongside Emily for years, as she struggled to find her place in the Heku world, as she made friends and fell in love. I’ve shared her happiness, her anger, her sorrow… a whole roller-coaster of emotions.

This series puts a different spin on ‘vampires’ and the way they live.

There are three other Heku books that I haven’t read as yet…. but I’m sure I will.

17618836The Heku Series Companion: Everything you’ve always wanted to know about the Heku Series, and some things you don’t.
This companion to the Heku Series is full of information about the books. It has maps, trivia, character information, and even a missing story-line from Proditor.
This book was just written for fun for the fans of the Heku Series to get a closer look inside the world of the Heku.

 

18387237Return of the Encala: A spin-off of the Heku Series by T.M. Nielsen. This book coincides with books 7, 8, and 9 of the Heku Series and may contain spoilers.
They live among us, blending with the human society, while behind closed doors and heavily guarded compounds, they continue age old practices of the immortal. The heku are indigenous to this planet and are far older than the earliest signs of man. They are militaristic, violent, and highly secretive. They are bound by strict rules that separate them from, and protect, the mortals.
After the Encala were systematically wiped out by Equites Forces following the death of a Council member, they strive to rebuild so they can again become a superpower in the heku world. While gathering in southern Canada, they come across a woman that was long ago banished by an enemy for feeding without consent. What they find astonishes them, and one of the games of the Ancients is found to still exist.
This unique view of the heku species focus on the every-day heku. While The Heku Series revolves around high-ranking and powerful members of the faction’s leaders, this story shows you the heku in the covens that work and struggle to make it in the world of the immortal.

24042637The Making of a Valle: This book runs alongside books in the Heku Series and may contain spoilers.
The war with the Ancients, initiated by a sole Valle, led to decades of war. The death and banishment caused by the fighting deepened the distrust between those with Ancient’s blood. Once the Ancients were banished for eternity, the Old Ones were forced to work together to rebuild the factions and continue their plight to strengthen the heku, without the wisdom and power of the Ancients. Once the factions were again stable, most Old Ones chose to permanently retire to avoid seeing their loathed enemies in power.
The Valle quickly rose to be the strongest of the factions, until a lone mortal woman was found with powers that threatened to upend the entire heku species. Aided by her abilities, the Equites became the largest of the heku factions, leaving the Valle to struggle to keep from finding themselves obliterated. To save their faction, a beloved Elder was banished, and the Valle had to re-work their entire faction to compensate for losing an Old One.